Recognizing Asthma Signs and Symptoms in ChildrenLeave a Comment
Recognizing Asthma Signs and Symptoms in Children with asthma have times where breathing becomes hard for them. Those with a more severe case of asthma tend to have breathing problems for a majority of the time.
Getting medical attention is important if your child experiencing the signs and symptoms of asthma. Make an appointment with Pediatric Partners today for a thorough checkup and appropriate treatment.
Symptoms That Are More Commonly Seen
Some of the more common symptoms that indicate the presence of asthma in children include:
• persistent coughing and wheezing (a rattling or whistling sound in the chest while breathing)
• a tightness in the chest – as if a band is being tightened around it
There can be a number of causes for these symptoms. It could be because of allergies or the flu but they will most likely be symptoms of asthma if they tend to be recurring and more frequent than normal or if they occur in response to the common triggers such as exposure to an allergen such as animal fur or pollen or after exercising. Another indicator is if they are worse early in the morning and at night
An asthma attack can happen suddenly, or over the course of a few days. Signs that your child may be having an attack are:
• their breathing is getting more rapid and it feels as though they can’t catch their breath
• their symptoms start getting worse (breathlessness, wheezing, coughing or tight chest)
• they’re too breathless to sleep, eat or speak
• they complain of a tummy ache
• their peak flow score is lower than normal
• the reliever inhaler isn’t helping them
The symptoms are likely to develop gradually over a few hours or days. They do not necessarily occur suddenly.
Some signs that indicate a severe attack are:
• rapid breathing and/or a rapid heartbeat
• blue lips or fingers
• severe wheezing accompanied by coughing and chest tightness and regular bouts of fainting
• confusion, drowsiness and exhaustion or dizziness
• being too breathless to speak, eat or sleep
You should see the pediatrician if you think your child may have asthma.
Preventing Asthma Attacks
If you take the following steps you can help reduce your child’s risk of having an asthma attack:
• Have them avoid things that act as triggers whenever possible.
• Get regular reviews done for them with their GP or nurse. You should get this done at least once a year at the minimum.
• Check that your child is using their inhaler correctly.
• Ensure that they stick to their personal asthma action plan and take all of their prescribed medicines.
Don’t ignore the symptoms if they’re getting worse. Follow the action plan and make an urgent appointment for your child to see their the doctor if the symptoms worsen.
Advice For Friends And Family
It’s important that your family, your friends as well as your child’s friends all know how to help in an emergency.
It is recommended to make copies of your child’s personal asthma action plan and share it the people your child is most likely to visit frequently and spend time with so that others know what to do when your child has an attack.